Healthy Picnic Recipes

Find healthy, delicious picnic recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.4 stars
6
This Japanese-inspired cool, crisp salad is as elegant and well balanced as it is simple.

Fresh Apple Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars
5
One batch of dough does double duty as both the crust and streusel topping to make one of the easiest desserts around.

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

Rating: 3.87 stars
11
The deep flavors of molasses, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg make these wholesome pumpkin cookies delicious without the addition of butter--and they lend themselves beautifully to the inclusion of whole-wheat flour. They are also the perfect texture for a sandwich cookie--fill them with a slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting.

Mediterranean Baked Penne

Rating: 3.82 stars
10
This Italian-inspired take on an American casserole is about as tasty as a one-dish meal can get.

No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars
4
A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick.

Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bars

Rating: 3.57 stars
4
These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch--perfect for fall potlucks and parties.

Low-Carb Blueberry Muffins

Rating: 4.67 stars
10
Just because you're watching carbs doesn't mean you can't have the classic breakfast pastry. In place of all-purpose flour, nutty almond and coconut flours make these muffins fluffy while slashing carbs. A bit of brown sugar blunts the tartness of fresh blueberries. Make these ahead for a grab-and-go breakfast for the week.

Banana-Bran Muffins

Rating: 4.83 stars
49
By the end of the week, any bananas left in the fruit bowl are past their prime--just right for these moist bran muffins. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips to entice children to enjoy a fiber-rich treat.

Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Rating: 4.41 stars
45
This healthy pound cake recipe isn't just delicious--it also only requires one bowl to make. For the best cake texture, be sure to beat the sugar and butter together long enough in Step 2 to look creamy--the time it takes to get there varies according to the type of electric mixer you have. Serve with brunch or alongside a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

Oven-Roasted Squash with Garlic & Parsley

Rating: 5 stars
6
Learn how to roast squash in this healthy recipe adapted from Alice Waters. Look for squash varieties, including buttercup, kabocha or hubbard, at your farmers' market and try them in this tasty side dish.

Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup

Rating: 3.62 stars
30
Serve this zesty bean and barley soup garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Rating: 3.75 stars
5
For bigger hits of chocolate goodness, use chopped bittersweet chocolate in place of the chips. Hold on to the leftover pumpkin puree--it's yummy stirred into your morning oatmeal or yogurt.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Vidalia Onion Tart
This simple tart recipe has a sweet and salty filling of caramelized Vidalia onions and feta cheese perfect for a picnic day.
How to Make a Tomato-Basil Zoodle Salad
Spiralized zucchini noodles make up the base of this caprese salad-inspired recipe for a veggie-packed healthy side dish.

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Rating: 4.88 stars
5

Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.